Expo 2016 Antalya opens in Turkey


Oosterom opens in the Expo in Antalya, Turkey

President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers, Bernard Oosterom, congratulated Turkey on creating a spectacular opening to the International Horticultural Exhibition, during opening of Expo 2016 in Antalya.

Speaking alongside president Erdogan of Turkey, prime minister Davutloglu, senior Turkish government ministers, secretary general of the BIE and ambassadors from around the world, Oosterom addressed the 5,000 guests and TV audiences telling them: “This Expo has brought together the horticulture industry, countries and their governments from all over the world around themes designed to promote ‘a green life for future generations’.

“Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the wonder of plants and flowers and learn for themselves that plants and green cities are vital components of life today.”

Over 60 countries, institutions and Turkish municipalities are participating in the Expo which opened to the public on April 23rd attracting over 35,000 visitors on its first day.

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Visitors from around the world have until October 30th to visit the 125 hectare Expo site.

AIPH approval is necessary for any country organising an International Horticultural Exhibition to which other countries will be invited to participate.

Expo 2016 Antalya was approved by AIPH in 2008 and commenting on the Expo, AIPH secretary general and chairman of the International Honorary Jury, Tim Briercliffe said: “I would encourage everyone to visit this Expo.

“Alongside the different country gardens, developed in association with many AIPH members, there is also an amazing display of mosaiculture exhibits.

“The organisers have also planned many other live events and attractions which are expected to attract millions of visitors in this popular tourist area.”

He continued: “This is the first major international event hosted in Turkey and will certainly pave the way for other such events here in the future.”